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Concord, NH (October 31, 2017) - The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce announces William L. Chapman as its 2017 Citizen of the Year . The Chamber will honor the Concord attorney with an award ceremony at its 98 th Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year award celebration on November 8 at the Grappone Conference Center. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.
“This award represents the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce,” said President Tim Sink. “It is presented to someone who has given much of themselves to the community in many ways over their career. Bill Chapman is an outstanding choice.”
Chapman’s law partner Bob Carey agreed saying, “Since beginning his career at Orr & Reno more than 40 years ago, Bill has been a leader in the Greater Concord community. The breadth of his involvement and service in a myriad of local organizations is just amazing.” Those services include housing for the mentally ill, legal services for the poor, youth programs, healthcare, the arts and beyond.
Chris Emond, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Hampshire, added, “I have known Bill since I took the reins of the Boys and Girls Club 17 years ago. He has very quietly and so substantially supported this and many other area nonprofits, often doing so anonymously. His humble nature has resulted in his incredible contributions flying under the radar screen, and that is by his choice.”
“Humility” and “quiet generosity” were common themes in the numerous letters of support included in the nomination. New Hampshire Public Radio President and CEO Betsy Gardella said, “Bill embodies the qualities and values that define us as Granite Staters and Americans: wisdom, curiosity, generosity, loyalty, humility and commitment.” At NHPR, Bill served as chair of the capital campaign that resulted in the new broadcast center at 2 Pillsbury Street. He remains deeply committed to NHPR serving as Chair Emeritus, attending board meetings, chairing campaigns and providing pro bono legal advice. According to Gardella, when a roadblock appears in the reporting of a story, the immediate response is, “Let’s run this by Chapman.”
David Ruedig, chair of the Concord Hospital board of trustees, praised Bill’s long-term commitment to the hospital. “He has been a phenomenal board member since 2011, serving on the Finance, Investment, Compensation and Audit Committees. We have come to rely on him for his total commitment to this organization. We call him our James Madison.”
In his nearly 10 years of service as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Kimball Jenkins Estate and School of Art, Bill has played a critical role helping the organization through challenging economic times. Executive Director Rob Fried said, “Bill has often single-handedly helped the Kimball Jenkins Estate balance its books, navigate difficult fiscal and administrative challenges, and keep a steady eye on what is best for the city and people of Concord. I can think of no person who more deserves this honor.”
Deborah Watrous, executive director of New Hampshire Humanities for 24 years, recalled Bill’s time serving on their board. “I relied on Bill for many things—his knowledge of nonprofit practices and finances, his legal experience and his passion for our mission. Bill brought his rock-solid commitment to ethical policies and behavior, ensuring that we applied the highest ethical standards to everything we did.”
Stephen Reno, executive director of Leadership New Hampshire added, “Were a person fresh to New Hampshire to ask me who it is he or she should meet to gain an appreciation of the values and traditions of our state, without hesitation, I would seek to make an introduction to Bill.”
The Greater Concord Chamber has recognized an outstanding individual from the local community with its most prestigious award for over fifty years and is honored to recognize Bill Chapman as its 2017 Citizen of the Year.
Special thanks to ConcordTV for partnering with us to create this video for Bill:
To register to attend the chamber’s 98th Annual Meeting and Citizen of the Year Award event on November 8, visit concordnhchamber.com or call (603) 224-2508. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by a keynote presentation by Dr. Gary Stager and seated dinner, and culminates in the Citizen of the Year presentation ceremony. The chamber extends special thanks to Presenting Sponsor Merrimack County Savings Bank , the 2017 Citizen of the Year Committee and all who contributed nominations.
The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to developing economic opportunities, a strong business climate and enhanced quality of life in its communities throughout the region.